Nerd Nite is an event held in more than 100 cities across the globe during which several folks give 18-21-minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines – while the audience drinks along. It’s kinda like the Discovery channel with beer! Or, Ted talks with beer. Either way, it’s education meets entertainment.

About Nerd Nite Toronto

In normal times (pre-COVID), the Toronto Chapter is held 8 times per year at the Tranzac and has featured talks on physics, pop culture, art, and more!

The Toronto bosses are Sam Peck (she/her), Erez Bowers (he/him), and Mike Ellis (he/him). They’re all HUGE nerds and find ways to work nerdiness into all aspects of their lives.

About the talks

PowerPoint + lecture is the typical show format, but we are very flexible and support a variety of styles. Do you want to be funny, or dramatic? Do you want to do a demonstration? Or a performance? Cool! We strive to be playful, entertaining, sometimes a little inebriated or salacious, but always deeply educational. 

Talks are 20 minutes plus 5-10 minute Q & A. The best talks tell a story or share 2-3 main points of info. Talks should be like essays or good articles in that they have a clear structure and point. 

What do we look for in a presenter?

We encourage both professional and amateur nerds to present! You don’t need to be an expert in your topic, but you do need to know enough to present with confidence and be able to answer questions from the audience. On a scale of 1-5 (1= know nothing, 5= a professional expert), we ask for at least a 3.5.

You should be comfortable speaking to an audience, using technology (PowerPoint, at least), and know how to keep to a time limit. You can be serious, funny, musical, deadpanned, anything as long as it fits your talk and your personality! Just don’t be boring.

Does this sound like you? Do you have a nerdy talk idea in mind? Contact us!